Bruxism is the medical term for the grinding or clenching of your teeth
This action usually happens while you are asleep, and can be extremely destructive – causing many debilitating side effects. Some of the debilitating side affects you may experience are pain and tension in your facial muscles and jaw joints, and it is likely that you are gradually wearing away your teeth.
Teeth grinding and why it can be harmful
Chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening and in extreme cases loss of teeth. In some cases chronic teeth grinding can wear teeth down to stumps.
Did you know that bruxism can even lead to TMD and hearing loss? TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a problem with the jaw, jaw joints and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
There are a number of causes responsible for grinding including:
- Crooked teeth
- An incorrectly aligned bite
- Missing teeth
If your grinding is of a destructive nature, we may suggest you wear a custom-made night guard
These protect your teeth, align your bite and alleviate discomfort. This night guard is fabricated from a durable resin material and should be worn each night.
In some cases, your grinding can be related to a bigger problem. If this is the case, we can investigate the underlying issues and correct this condition and provide relief.
If it turns out that your bruxism is caused by missing teeth or crooked teeth then our cosmetic dentistry can help you. At justSMILE in Ramsgate Beach near Kogarah and Rockdale in St George we provide our patients with dental implants, crowns and bridges. Implants are the best treatment for missing teeth.